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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Village Rails, and Unmatched: Digital Edition - Ep160

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Village Rails, and Unmatched: Digital Edition - Ep160

October 1, 2022

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00:00 - Listener pal Ben asks us for some gaming recommendations for new parents; exactly which games CAN you play with one hand? 

10:27 - Manchester played host to Tabletop Gaming Live 2022, so naturally we were in attendance too. What a great event!

17:56 - We only get to speak about Quarto from Hachette for a little bit, but that’s fine because our feelings about it are simple: you should for sure play it.

19:20 - Osprey Games delivers the goods yet again with Village Rails. In it, you’ll usher in modernity and the age of steam by building a network across the British countryside.

27:14 - You can feel the money dripping off the screen when you watch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which we’re enjoying a fair bit - but is there a danger in “fantasy” become “mundane”?

43:42 - Acram Digital are one of the greats when it comes to digital tabletop adaptations, and that’s definitely the case with the excellent Unmatched: Digital Edition.

58:42 - We made you a game! You can get What's Better than a Hot Tub? from DriveThruRPG now. Also: Staying In Bingo anyone?

All that, and an inappropriate aubergine, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

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Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

The Sandman, RRR, and Oceans - Ep159

The Sandman, RRR, and Oceans - Ep159

September 15, 2022

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00:00 - Shoot for the Stars: Round 1.

05:04 - justfortherunofit asks us a very important question. Crumbs…

13:34 - Shoot for the Stars: Round 2.

14:18 - RRR has the best bromance, has the best disclaimer, and just might have the best set of abs.

25:49 - Shoot for the Stars: Round 3.

27:44 - Oceans uses the world of science in conjunction with cardboard fishies to create a lightly educational engine builder.

39:28 - Shoot for the Stars: Round 4.

42:26 - It’s been years in the making, but now Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is on our screens and it’s a dream come true.

57:26 - Do we need a sign-off? Alright then.

All that, and two squeezes and out, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

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Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Nope, Décorum, and Hogs of War The Miniatures Game - Ep158

Nope, Décorum, and Hogs of War The Miniatures Game - Ep158

September 1, 2022

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00:00 - Case. Closed. (thanks, McVitie’s)

07:13 - Kris rides a horse.

10:13 - An arctic whatnow? Thoughts on completing Tough Mudder.

15:34 - War Boys VI kicks off with V-Commandos.

17:56 - More drama, strategy, and conflict, with the Undaunted Series (especially Undaunted: Normandy).

21:16 - And yet more War, with the Boys, as we take to the battlefield with Hogs of War The Miniatures Game.

30:20 - Nope is a conversation - an essay, maybe - and the less you know about it going in, the better.

41:57 - It’s a Floodgate Games special, with the expectedly excellent puzzley dice game Sagrada, and the brilliant passive aggressive decorate-em-up Décorum.

All that, and the right way up for a chocolate digestive, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

The Orville: New Horizons, Sounds Fishy and In a Grove - Ep157

The Orville: New Horizons, Sounds Fishy and In a Grove - Ep157

August 15, 2022

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00:12 - The creation of “Bubble Boyz presents The Staying In Podcast presents Hot Tub the game”... or something... we should probably come up with a better name at some point.

12:10 - Going ape at Go Ape.

19:24 - Oink Games’ In a Grove is all about solving a murder using deduction, prediction, and a spot of luck, in a tiny little box with wonderful component quality.

27:00 - Need more murder? In Vino Morte is a rioja roulette of social deduction, with wine, poison, and lots of bluffing.

31:20 - The Orville: New Horizons took us completely by surprise! Seth MacFarlane’s previous work is a world away from this sci-fi comedy with heart.

41:02 - Big Potato Games delivers yet again with Sounds Fishy. It asks you to find the correct answer to a series of superb trivia questions, within a sea of “red herrings”.

All that, and heading off to bed, with Kris (@DigitalStrider) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Godtear, Fury of Dracula, and The Order: 1886 - Ep156

Godtear, Fury of Dracula, and The Order: 1886 - Ep156

August 1, 2022

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00:00 - Pogs are back, maybe?

05:20 - Ready at Dawn’s The Order: 1886 was an early title on the PlayStation 4 that lots of people seem to have slept on… but they shouldn’t have, as gorgeous-looking steampunk shooty bang bangs are the order of the day.

20:08 - Having a hair cut in the same way a cake is iced.

21:44 - War Boys VI: The Road to Valhalla; it’s that time of the year again, when we play a whole bunch of wargames. We got a little bit of time with the gigantic Hogs of War: The Miniatures Game, but quickly moved on to Godtear, a combination of competitive miniatures game and DOTA. We had a blast.

42:34 - Rent, Shuffle and Roll is a board game rental service that’s the Netflix of tabletop games. We’re really impressed with the service, especially because it’s the perfect way to try games before you buy… games like Fury of Dracula.

53:51 - Robin Z popped us a question.

All that, and The Whiff of Dracula, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Thor: Love and Thunder, FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and Get on Board - Ep155

Thor: Love and Thunder, FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and Get on Board - Ep155

July 15, 2022

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00:00 - A letter to DEFRA.

03:56 - Thor: Love and Thunder is Taika Waititi second go with the Asgardian and while it’s lost a bit of the danger felt in Ragnarok it’s still distinctive and well worth watching.

23:32 - FUT! We dip our football-booted toe into the wonderful world of perfect chemistry, aka FIFA Ultimate Team, thanks to Mr. Jones.

43:45 - Eating biscuits the right way… or was it the wrong way?

49:32 - We get on board with, er, Get on Board: New York & London; a roll and write where everyone shares and contributes to the same play space, from Coiledspring Games.

55:13 - Two roll and write reviews in one episode? Oh yes! And it’s Hachette’s Trek 12: Himalaya, with robust core game and a well thought out legacy mode.

58:41 - Pete's fan is from John Lewis.

All that, and when it’s too early for a slushie, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Ms. Marvel, Disney Villainous, Crescent Moon - Ep154

Ms. Marvel, Disney Villainous, Crescent Moon - Ep154

July 1, 2022

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00:00 – It’s time to investigate.

05:06Ms. Marvel is wonderful. It’s a celebration of cultural identity, with nuance, laughter, wisdom, community… we love it.

28:30 – Lifting the curse with shuffleboard at the Bristol Craft Beer Festival.

32:36Disney Villainous from Prospero Hall and Ravensburger is genuinely kind of incredible. The art and component quality is staggering, the asymmetrical play works really nicely, and it’s easy to teach to new players.

49:16Crescent Moon is from Osprey Games, Steven Mathers and Navid Rahman. It’s a slightly weird proposition, having a very specific player count. But the asymmetry is streamlined, the game leans into its theme to great effect, and the whole thing has us wanting to play it over and over.

All that, and why we’re bonkers for pollen, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Top Gun: Maverick, Jackass Forever, and There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension - Ep153

Top Gun: Maverick, Jackass Forever, and There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension - Ep153

June 15, 2022

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00:00 - What crisp are you?

03:36 - Top Gun: Maverick is really good. Really REALLY good. And it’s not just a simple nostalgia trip, it’s a well-told story with incredible action scenes, that everyone needs to watch.

26:03 - We’ve loved them since we first saw them, and now the Jackass folks are back with Jackass Forever. And again, while nostalgia plays a big factor, it’s really the bond between the people on screen that keeps us watching.

36:56 - We confirm that in There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension there is no game.

55:29 - The real beginning of r/Mum.

All that, and why we feel so tense, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Long Shot: The Dice Game, Gran Turismo 7, and Everything Everywhere All at Once - Ep152

Long Shot: The Dice Game, Gran Turismo 7, and Everything Everywhere All at Once - Ep152

June 1, 2022

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00:00 - The worst place to stage a stag do.

02:49 - Everything but the act of reading.

05:25 - Gran Turismo 7 is the sequel to… Gran Turismo 2? It’s an expectedly gorgeous simulation racer that goes back to one of its earliest entries for its inspirations. Is this the perfect audiobook game?

21:20 - “Do you think anybody will notice?”

26:00 - Everything Everywhere All at Once is the greatest multiverse movie, one where you just should not even try to comprehend what’s going on that, no matter how wild it gets, always manages to return to a very human story.

36:33 - A return to Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, as we check in with Russell Hobbs.

40:25 - Marvel: Remix turns card drafting into an extremely compelling superhero-based spin on Fantasy Realms from WizKids, with a simplicity to it that is immediately, and overwhelmingly, appealing. It’s a joy.

46:24 - Messing about in the water.

47:43 - Long Shot: The Dice Game is a roll and write and gambling game from Perplext that we’ve been after for quite a while now. It lets you explore the thrill and risk-based skills of real wagering, but in a lovely safe space.

59:59 - The 5th Emergency Service.

All that, and r/mum, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Procession to Calvary, and Merchants & Marauders - Ep151

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Procession to Calvary, and Merchants & Marauders - Ep151

May 15, 2022

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00:00 - We talk skin care regime and why it’s important for us fellas.

07:45 - Ready Brek: it’s good.

09:41 - The latest Dr Strange movie is out, we’ve seen it and, generally, we like it - it’s a solid entry in Marvel’s cinematic universe and expands on some of the concepts that have been developed over the last few films. Plus horror.

33:01 - Merchants & Marauders is Z-Man Games’ highly thematic title all about pirates and privateers (and a little bit of “cronch”). It’s a big sandbox of roleplaying, deal-making, and battling, and we like it.

42:51 - The Accord.

44:55 - PlayStation Plus is… fine? But is it good enough when compared to similar services?

50:14 - Joe Richardson’s follow up to Four Last Things is The Procession to Calvary, another point and click journey through a hilarious renaissance world, formed of real paintings from the era.

All that, and thir-hy-si, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Our Spotify Playlist brings together lots of great thematic music inspired by the stuff we talk about. Go check it out, if you like.

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

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